The health and safety of our employees is always our top priority at Interfor. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this has meant coming together as a team to find new ways to work safely in a very different environment.
In March, we stopped business travel and requested that staff at all Interfor offices work from home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, the majority of our employees work in our mills manufacturing lumber. These jobs cannot be done from home and Interfor’s operations are considered an essential service in the regions where we operate. In response, Interfor developed and implemented an Exposure Control Plan across the company based on recommendations from leading health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
Through the Exposure Control Plan, we developed new processes to keep our employees, contractors and suppliers safe. These include daily health self-assessments, temperature checks, additional PPE, extensive social distancing measures, and additional cleaning and disinfection at each operation. We especially thank our leadership teams for their work in communicating and implementing these changes in the mills and the woodlands.
We are grateful to our employees for their commitment and hard work in the face of adversity. We also give a special thanks to the frontline and healthcare workers in the communities where we operate for their strength and perseverance.
We encourage you to take care of each other. Interfor will continue to take strong measures to protect employees’ health and safety, guided by the expert advice of our public health authorities. Working together, we will get through this crisis successfully.